A parliamentary committee has written to Norwich MP and Treasury minister Chloe Smith demanding she answer questions on the government’s plans for green technology.

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The development of low carbon technology for energy production – like power stations that generate electricity from wind and biomass – forms a key part of the so called “green economy”; business opportunities arising from the country becoming more environmentally friendly.

The green economy is thought to be worth some £112bn to the UK, a figure that will jump by 45pc in the next two years. Meanwhile, the New Anglia LEP, a Norfolk and Suffolk business organisation, wants 25pc of that growth in the Eastern region.

Currently, the state provides subsidies to encourage the development of low carbon technology, but ministers plan to introduce a cap on such payments; a move which some businesses say will stymie growth.

As a result, the energy and climate change select committee is investigating the cap, but has so far failed to convince a Treasury minister to attend a hearing to explain the policy.

The committee chairman Tim Yeo said: “The Treasury is being disingenuous in arguing that it would not be right to comment on the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s new legislation.

“The success of electricity market reform could well rest on Treasury decisions – such as how high to set the levy-cap on support for low-carbon technology.”

He added: “The minister must not duck these vital questions.”

13 comments

  • Sorry forgot to mention, it is a proper shambles.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • European law states that communities who organise to generate their own electricity, have aguranteed uptake by the electricity net and energy companies. They have to take our energy, whatever Ms. Smith replies. All those communties who border the sea have ample opportinities to harvest the power of sea currents or waves, this is NOT being publicised. The treasury has reneged on full information flow and is prefering large companies and organisations to put us into further nuclear dependencies before they even consider empowering communities who'd like to help themselves.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • What happened to my co0mment on the Anglia LEP then, or is it another EDP favourite and must not be criticised ?.

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    "V"

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • Sorry forgot to mention, it is a proper shambles.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • As far as the other night goes Paxman knows that discussions between ministers are privileged and are never made public. He therefore deliberately set a trap for Chloe which is rather disgraceful conduct on his behalf. Still the BBC is a rather left wing institution so we musn`t expect too much from them nowadays, now their friends are out of power.

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    BG

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • 'Demanding she answers questions!' On the evidence of the other night, you've got no chance.

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    Bruce87

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • I agree Bruce87, I hope they have more luck than Paxman did! Never have I seen someone in such deep water and unable to paddle any longer. The poor dear! But I guess this is what you get when you promote kids to important positions.

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    smithrob

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • A picture of intellectual poverty who makes a chocolate teapot look useful just about sums Chloe Smith up. Perhaps she should get a job making tea in the treasury,as long as it doesn't stretch her limited capabilities! If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen,and leave politics to those who are good at disaster management!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • I must admit for the first time in my living memory I actually pitied a Tory minister,even an ex-management consultant.Alistair Campbell's assessment that this reveals more about George Osborne than Chloe Smith in leaving her in the hands of a notorious Dragon-Slayer having changed the policy some time that afternoon and not informing anyone about it but The Quad,2 Tories and 2 LibDems,made the decision.Why are we being run by The Quad?Why is the composition of The Quad weighted in favour of the LibDems who should only have 1 representative and the Tories should have 3.? Even Sir Ian Blair says Osborne is insousiciant.Nadine Dorries has other words for it.I suggest Chloe Smith provide her boss with some feedback.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • Sorry forgot to mention, it is a proper shambles.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • They wont be out of power for too long, if shes the best the right wing institution can put out.

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    Bruce87

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • True, however thus far I've not been able to judge whether Ms Chloe either didn't know the answers to Paxmans questions, or did know and just wasn't prepared to be honest or truthful. Perhaps I'll give the benefit of the doubt and maybe she did know the answers to his questions. Isn't that what's great about British politics, our MPs are always open, honest and truthful, not !

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    Bruce87

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • "Meanwhile, the New Anglia LEP, a Norfolk and Suffolk business organisation, wants 25pc of that growth in the Eastern region". >>>> What they want and what they get are two different things. Their arrogance knows no bounds.

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    "V"

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

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